Tech News and Commentary
Dave and the team discuss Teslas bursting into flames again, Kanye West buying Parler, overconfidence in self-driving cars, Netflix’s subscriber count, neighborhood vibes and Google Maps, and more.
Janet in Mississippi asked: “I have a question about travel cameras. I have gotten three or four in the last couple of years and every one of them seems to break. It’s working… I put another card in it, and it won’t work… the batteries run down quickly… but the main thing is they just quit working. Can you tell me the very best camera I can get? I’ll pay the money if I know it will last a very long time.”
Janet, honestly unless you have specific needs these days your best bet for a travel camera is a smartphone. They have solid cameras, theyre reliable, and you will already be carrying them.
If you want a standalone camera and youve had issues with cameras breaking, you can look at ruggedized cameras. The Nikon Coolpix W300 has been around for a very long time and its waterproof, and shockproof, the newer versions of it have been updated to be able to do 4K video and take big pictures.
Panasonics Lumix DC-TS7 is their equivalent offering, if you like them better, but the cameras themselves will be about as good as each other.
Both of those are specialty products these days, since most people just use their phones. So theyll both cost you roughly $550 which place them in line with entry level DSLRs and mirrorless cameras.
DSLRs and mirrorless cameras will usually be more versatile since they typically offer interchangeable lenses and are built for better optical quality.
The catch here is that if you can take off a lens, then the camera is not dustproof or waterproof, so they may be too delicate for your use.
When you participate on the show – anytime 24/7 – and we HEAR you with any consumer tech question, comment, help for another listener, tech rage or just share your favorite App these days … you could win prizes.
Hampton Products: Smart Security Light with Camera
obVus Solutions: Portable Folding Bluetooth Keyboard
Scosche: MagicMount Pro Charge 5 for MagSafe and Qi-enabled phones
Bleu Jour: Kubb Mini PC ($750 Value!)
All CALLERS — using the AUDIO option on our Free App or 1-800-899-INTO(4686) – automatically qualify to win prizes.
Audio archived for at least 6 months